Genetic pest control, biodiversity on farms, a new website and more.
Month: December 2021
A suite of tools and information to help plant nurseries manage myrtle rust outbreaks this summer has been released by New Zealand Plant Producers Inc (NZPPI).
Ngā Rākau Taketake (NRT) and Beyond Myrtle Rust (BMR) are partners in tackling myrtle rust. We spoke with Beccy Ganley and Nick Waipara (Rongowhakaata and Ngāti Ruapani ki Tūranga) from NRT and Mahajabeen Padamsee and Renee Johansen from BMR about their thoughts on the value of this collaboration.
Austropuccinia psidii, the fungal pathogen that causes myrtle rust, has a large host range (at least 480 different species to date). How does this pathogen avoid detection by the plant defence mechanisms and successfully invade the plant tissues to gain nutrients from living cells?
Pest control using RNAi or gene editing technologies could be the way forward for eradicating some pests in Aotearoa. But are they socially acceptable?
Iwi, conservation groups, farmers, industry, businesses, government and individuals… everyone has options they can take to help reverse the decline of native biodiversity in Aotearoa New Zealand. But which options are best?
An innovative new pilot project aims to make it easier for pastoral farmers to protect and restore native biodiversity on their farms.